We all want our children to go onto college and get a great education, but the ever daunting task, of how does one pay for this besides the use of college loans. One route are scholarships. Believe it or not there are a variety of scholarship programs that your child may qualify for, we list some of them here.
Regardless of how you feel on the immigration subject, one thing is for sure Mexicans are now doing their part of helping fellow Mexicans back in their home country, to stay, there get a good education and hopefully build up the country, or at least so says a recent report in Newsweek.
The report says that Mexican migrants in the U.S. are funding scholarships in Mexico so people there will not feel they have to leave. The scholarships are organized and run by the non-profit organization Grupo Indaparapeo. The funds help college scholarships for Mexico`s youth, giving them money for books and transportation that, according to the report, “the Mexican government is willing to match.”
If it is sports scholarships that peak your interested you`ll be happy to hear of a recent report in Sports Illustrated where, “high school football players specializing in placekicking is on the increase.” The report continues to say that, “Universities are beginning to hand out more scholarships for talented placekickers, leading to the surge of interest in the position.” Joe Lemire or Sports Illustrated his findings show of one such individual who took advantage of this offer. “Blair Walsh received offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, and Georgia following his junior year performance,” claims Lemire. “In contrast, Chris Sailer was one of only a dozen high school kickers and punters to receive a scholarship in 1995.” Showing that the increase for this positions is on the rise.
So maybe your child is not the next great athlete coming out of high school, but without a doubt has the grade to get an academic scholarship. Look into ones that are in the mainstream as noted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In their March 2007 issue they list private donations and funding for education and research. According to the article, “The William Randolph Hearst Foundation in New York city endowed two scholarships, one at Bethune-Cookman University and the other at Oberlin College.” They also mentioned that “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey donated to the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque to establish a national center for health policy.” They also mentioned private donations for scholarships noting that, “Mariann MacDonald donated to the University of Pennsylvania to create a professorship in breast cancer care at the Abramson Cancer Center.”
These are just a few of the scholarship avenues you can look into. Not all scholarships present themselves in such a way that are black and white. Sometimes you have to go after them in a different manner. As always discuss options and opportunities with counselors at your child`s school as well as individuals in the proper departments at the colleges or universities your child may attend.